David Hamilton Is Seizing The Moment As Boston Red Sox Middle Infielder

David Hamilton Is Seizing The Moment As Boston Red Sox Middle Infielder

This season, the Red Sox currently sit third in the AL East behind the two powerhouses in their division the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees.

 

They have struggled to win at home (14-18) and have been solid on the road (19-15). They are 5-5 in their last 10 games, having just defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-4, led by a young shortstop and second baseman David Hamilton.

 

 

Hamilton is in just his second season in MLB, he has steadily improved in the 41 games played this season after playing just 15 games last season. He’s also had 117 at-bats, 33 hits, 19 runs, eight RBIs and three Bro bombs.

 

Hamilton was the bright spot the Red Sox needed in their big victory over the Chicago White Sox as he was instrumental in crunch time in the ninth inning with the Red Sox down 4-3, he stole third base after hitting a double. 

 

From there he took off to score on a sacrifice fly by Reese McGuire. Hamilton showed his resiliency by having that next-play mentality, making up for the error he made in the fourth inning (one of three for Hamilton during that sequence).

 

The White Sox had the lead 3-1 off Paul DeJong’s three-run homer. The gallant Hamilton stormed back with a solo homer to cut the White Sox lead to 3-2.

 

David Hamilton Wants To Be A Cornerstone Piece For Boston Red Sox Rise

 

Hamilton recalled the emotions of not wanting to let his team down: 

 

“I [messed] up, I tried to make a stupid flip. I should have just gotten out. Just a lot of emotion. I don’t like letting the team down. I don’t like letting people down.”

 

Hamilton kept his word, helping his team secure the victory going 2-for-5 with two runs, two hits, a home run, and an RBI to leave his imprint on the game with an injury-riddled roster with 2018 Red Sox champion third baseman Rafael Devers (left knee) and two-time Gold Glove award-winning outfielder Tyler O’Neill (right knee) injured.

 

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The Red Sox played with seven relievers. They now will have a six-game homestead against the Phillies and Yankees.

 

With Hamilton continuing to improve, the Red Sox management should feel optimistic about one of their young cornerstones finding his confidence to impact winning.

 

The Boston Red Sox may not be the world beaters, they once were the years they won World Series titles (‘04, ‘07, ‘13,’18).

 

Since that World Series title in 2018, the Red Sox have made the postseason just once, making a deep run in 2021 to the ALCS against the Houston Astros where they lost the series 4-2.

 

Aside from that, the Red Sox franchise has struggled to be relevant and reach the postseason repeatedly. Hopefully, Hamilton is another piece that will catapult them back to the top of the American League East. 

NY Yankees Bopper Giancarlo Stanton Leads The Power Surge For Best Team In American League

NY Yankees Bopper Giancarlo Stanton Leads The Power Surge For Best Team In American League

Being in shape is critical for optimal performance in sports at any level, whether high school, college, or professional.

 

Peak condition is a desire and dedication to perform well individually, while also contributing to the success of your team or organization, whether it be a team sport (football, basketball, soccer, baseball) or an individual one (tennis, boxing).

 

Coming into the season, the media hype was made about New York Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton reshaping his body to be better equipped for a long grueling MLB 162-game season.

 

 

We heard the rumblings, but most fans were waiting to see how it translated to the field.

 

Stanton has done just that for the Yankees who sit atop the AL East at (30-15) overall with a batting average, OPS (on-base plus slugging), and slug percentage line of .243/.764/.472 respectively.

 

Those numbers are much better compared to last year, the worst year of the former 2017 NL MVP and five-time All-Star’s career where he had career lows across the board of .191/.275/.420 along with an OPS of .695.

 

During the offseason, Stanton focused his workouts on being more movement-based to “Be a baseball player again,” Stanton said Monday morning at Steinbrenner Field. “I just needed to be more mobile. A lot of setbacks [last season] kept me not moving the way I’d like to be.” 

 

The Yankees outfielder incorporated a lot of cardio this past offseason more than years past for his 6-foot-6, 245-pound unique frame for a baseball player that seems more built for the NBA.

 

Stanton has had a slew of lower body injuries due to his style of play and body build throughout his career which led to some mechanical and physical changes he worked on this offseason, something he mutually agreed on with the Yankees’ upper management.

 

While Stanton may not be the showstopping hitter he once was in his heyday, he’s still an impactful piece to the puzzle of the Yankees’ success as a hitter and savvy veteran for the luminous Bronx team.

 

He was instrumental in their recent win in the first of two against the Minnesota Twins where they defeated them 5-1 in a game where Stanton hit a home run and an RBI to help propel the Yankees to victory.

 

Stanton’s nine home runs this season are tied for 15th in the MLB.

 

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Stanton has had quite the career:

 

  • 2017 NL MVP
  • 2x Silver Slugger Award (2014, 2017)
  • 5x All-Star
  • 2x Hank Aaron Award (2014, 2017)
  • 2x NL Home Run Leader (2014, 2017)
  • NL RBI Leader (2017)
  • Wilson Defensive Player of The Year (2017)
  • 400+ Career Home Runs

 

Stanton has done all you can want in a baseball player, but the only thing missing is that elusive World Series title.

 

I don’t get paid to be a standup guy or say the right things,” he said. “I’m here to produce and help us win a championship. That hasn’t happened and it needs to. The noise back and forth, whatever, it needs to be done. I don’t listen to noise. I understand the facts and that’s what hasn’t happened.”

 

Stanton hopes to help lead the Yankees to their first World Series title since 2009.

Philadelphia Phillies Getting a Gift Soon | The Return Of 15-Game Winner Taijuan Walker Is Near

Philadelphia Phillies Getting a Gift Soon | The Return Of 15-Game Winner Taijuan Walker Is Near

The Philadelphia Phillies have been without their starting right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker who’s on the 15-day injured reserve list due to a right shoulder impingement he suffered at the start of the season.

 

Since then, the Phillies have struggled to find any consistency going 11-8  overall, good for second in the NL East behind the Atlanta Braves. Walker has been rehabbing in the minor leagues to ramp up and gain rhythm for his eventual return to the majors.

 

Walker wasn’t expected to be ready this soon; many predicted another week or two before his actual return to major league action. 

 

He has pitched well while rehabbing his shoulder in the minor league. His fastball hit 91.9 mph on Tuesday, significantly lower than the 92.9 mph he averaged a year ago when he went 15-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 31 starts.

 

The Philadelphia Phillies have been without their starting right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker who’s on the 15-day injured reserve list due to a right shoulder impingement he suffered at the start of the season.

 

 

Since then, the Phillies have struggled to find any consistency going 11-8 overall, good for second in the NL East behind the Atlanta Braves. Walker has been rehabbing in the minor leagues to ramp up and gain rhythm for his eventual return to the majors.

 

Walker wasn’t expected to be ready this soon; many predicted another week or two before his actual return to major league action. 

 

He has pitched well while rehabbing his shoulder in the minor league. His fastball hit 91.9 mph on Tuesday, significantly lower than the 92.9 mph he averaged a year ago when he went 15-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 31 starts.

 

 

Walker met with Phillies manager Rob Thomson Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park after pitching 78 times in 4 ⅔ innings with Triple-A Lehigh and expressed how he felt:

 

 “I told them I felt good, Yeah, I told them we built up enough. I thought my stuff was pretty sharp yesterday. Got outs, you know. I mean, I believe that in a different environment, a little more adrenaline, stuff just plays up a little bit more.”

 

Walker’s return will bring an interesting dilemma to the Phillies. Spencer Turnbull, who’s done a phenomenal job as a starter in place of Walker after signing a one-year, $2 million deal in the offseason with the club, has been solid, posting a 1.80 ERA in his three starts, with 16 strikeouts and five walks in 15 innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .164 against him, with a 48.7% ground ball rate.

 

The Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 games and currently riding a three-game winning streak. With Walker set to return off the IP list, the Phillies hope to continue the momentum they’ve been building the last 10 games.

 

 

Walker met with Phillies manager Rob Thomson Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park after pitching 78 times in 4 ⅔ innings with Triple-A Lehigh and expressed how he felt:

 

 “I told them I felt good, Yeah, I told them we built up enough. I thought my stuff was pretty sharp yesterday. Got outs, you know. I mean, I believe that in a different environment, a little more adrenaline, stuff just plays up a little bit more.”

 

Walker’s return will bring an interesting dilemma to the Phillies. Spencer Turnbull, who’s done a phenomenal job as a starter in place of Walker after signing a one-year, $2 million deal in the offseason with the club, has been solid, posting a 1.80 ERA in his three starts, with 16 strikeouts and five walks in 15 innings of work. Opponents are hitting just .164 against him, with a 48.7% ground ball rate.

 

The Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 games and currently riding a three-game winning streak. With Walker set to return off the IP list, the Phillies hope to continue the momentum they’ve been building the last 10 games.

Cedric “CM Storm” Mullins Already Locks Down ‘Catch of the Year’ On Jackie Robinson Day

Cedric “CM Storm” Mullins Already Locks Down ‘Catch of the Year’ On Jackie Robinson Day

It was one of the best catches of the season to date and it wouldn’t be a stretch if some called it the best catch, they had ever seen. 

 

Baltimore Orioles center fielder, Cedric Mullins, displayed his All-Star form with a miraculous diving catch covering 70 yards deep into left-center field, midway through the first inning on Jackie Robinson Day. Mullins wore the No.42 in style and paid the ultimate respect to the legend.

 

Cedric Mullins Make Catch Of The Year

 

Mullins expressed his thoughts on his incredible catch: 

 

“It was an all-out effort, It was one of those balls where you really don’t know until you get there. I knew I had a slight possibility so I’m going right for it.”

 

 

 

He got Minnesota Twins catcher Kyle Farmer out on the play in what would have been at least a double. Mullins was also impactful at the plate. 

 

Mullins, 29, showed why he’s a former Silver Slugger award recipient and a member of the 30-30 club by driving in three runs, along with a homer in the fifth in the Orioles’ 7-4 victory over the Twins, which improved the 2023 AL East champions record to 10-6, good for second in the division, behind the red-hot New York Yankees. Both teams are 6-4 in the last 10 games.

 

 

Mullins’ Catch Honored Jackie Robinson, Shocked The World

 

Orioles pitcher Cole Irvin was in disbelief. Just look at his reaction. 

 

 

“I didn’t think there was a chance he was going to catch it,” Irvin said.

 

That catch helped save Irvin’s night and spoil the Twins’ momentum early as there was a runner on third. 

 

This is a great sign for the Orioles, as Mullins struggled to find his 2022 consistency last season. He battled a groin injury, hitting just .233 and 15 homer runs in 116 games– his lowest in a full season.

 

However, this year is a redemption season for Mullins who has three Bro Bombs, 11 runs, 10 RBIs, and 12 hits in 46 bat appearances for a batting average of .265.

 

“Cedric is a really, really important part of our team,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “He’s played great centerfield defense and I love the way he’s swinging the bat the last week. It was a huge spark offensively also.”

 

That’s the effort that will continue to help the Orioles win games and the kind you want to see from your starting center fielder who showed out on Jackie Robinson day.

Mookie Betts Has Earned the Right To Speak His Mind:  “I Want To Be a Legend In The Game.”

Mookie Betts Has Earned the Right To Speak His Mind: “I Want To Be a Legend In The Game.”

Professional athletes are some of the most competitive humans on the planet. The great ones are always hungry to improve on their personal best performances, reach greater heights in their respective sport, and ultimately reach immortal status as one of the game’s legends.

 

You must be internally driven and mentally tough to become a legend, because adversity is sure to test you along the way. 

 

2023 MLBbro Player of The Year Seeking Immortal Status

 

As the baseball season is rapidly approaching, one of the league’s best players, Mookie Betts, who is a star on the team, favored to win it all Los Angeles Dodgers had some interesting comments the other day on how he wants to be remembered once his career is over.

Betts recently spoke in an interview with Fox Sports analyst Ken Rosenthal: “I want to be great, When I’m done, I want you to remember not necessarily just the baseball player, but Mookie. I want to be a legend in the game.”

 

 

Betts also stated that he is motivated by his family and his “drive within himself”.

 

The 31-year-old outfielder seems to be on the right track to legendary status as an immortal diamond-miner. Here is a list of his accomplishments:

 

  • 2x World Series Champion (2018, 2020)
  • AL MVP (2018)
  • 7x All-Star
  • 3x All-MLB First Team
  • All-MLB Second Team (2018)
  • 6x Silver Slugger Award
  • 6x Gold Glove Award
  • 6x Fielding Bible Award
  • 2x Wilson Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2018 AL Batting Champion
  • 30-30 Club (2018)

 

 

Betts is almost halfway to 3,000 hits and 500 homers. His stellar resume so far, has the 31-year-old positioned to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when it’s all said and done. 

 

He was an incremental part of two World Series title teams with the Boston Red Sox in 2018 (a team that had a dominant 108-win season) and the Dodgers during the COVID-19 2020 shortened season.

 

Betts hasn’t won MVP in five years, but he finished second to Ronald Acuna, who also had one of the greatest seasons ever for a leadoff hitter. Mookie has finished in the Top 10 in All-Star voting every season since 2016. One of his second-place finishes occurred last season when Betts had a stellar batting season with splits of .307/.408/.579.

 

With numerous accolades under his belt, Betts has another chance to add to his list of achievements with perhaps the most talented supporting cast he has ever played with. 

 

The Dodgers signed one of the best players in the game in Shohei Ohtani and young pitching prodigy Yoshinobu Yamamoto, while also still having one the best first basemen in baseball in Freddie Freeman.

 

LA Dodgers Need To Win First World Series Since COVID-Shortened 2020 

 

The Dodgers have come up short in reaching the World Series since they won in 2020, losing in the 2021 Championship Series to the eventual World Series Champs Atlanta Braves, while also losing in the Divisional Round the next two years to the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks.

 

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With a reloaded Dodgers team full of transcendent talent, they are the betting odds favorite to win at +300 according to DraftKings SportsBook.  

 

Betts has also been active off the field launching his own podcast where he talks to other MLB stars, and is on YouTube, showing fans what a day in the life is like for a professional baseball player.

 

 He also has a movie production agreement with Propagate Content and helped produce a film on the great Jackie Robinson.

 

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“We’ve been to the playoffs so many times and haven’t come through,” Betts told Rosenthal. We’ve gotten one, but 1-for-9-or-10 is not very good in our sport, really in general.”

 

The two-time champ and former AL MVP hopes to bring another title to Los Angeles with his loaded team.